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NAFDAC makes arrests at site of illegal distilleries in Akwa Ibom

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it has discovered the site of an illegal factory in Akwa Ibom that makes and distributes adulterated alcoholic beverages. The agency’s Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, disclosed that the factory was discovered in Afaha Obong in Abak Local Government Area of the state. Adeyeye further revealed that the factory which is hidden in a remote community has been falsifying and circulating various brands of alcoholic beverages for several years unhindered until stakeholders lodged a report at NAFDAC. “NAFDAC has uncovered an illegal factory which specialises in falsifying and circulating fake alcoholic beverages at Afaha Obong, Abak LGA of Akwa Ibom. We gathered that the factory h

PZ Cussons Nigeria reaffirms confidence in Nigerian economy as it marks 120 Years in the country

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PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has reiterated its commitment to the Nigerian economy, noting that it will continue to invest in growing its business for better returns for its shareholders. The company which is celebrating its 120 years in Nigeria said that it believes that the Nigerian economy has enormous potential, adding that it will continue to partner with the Federal Government for the development of the economy. The company gave the assurances when its board and management, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Christos Giannopoulos, visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as part of the commemoration of the company’s 120 years anniversary in the country. Giannopoulos reassured that PZ Cussons Nigeria which has been listed on the NSE for 58 years remained committed to growing its business

Diageo rolls out global parental leave revamp

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British-based drinks maker Diageo Plc on Thursday unveiled its new global parental leave, offering several regional businesses at a minimum 26-weeks fully paid leave to both parents. The parent company of Guinness Nigeria is offering all female employees in all markets at least 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, and has committed to offering four weeks of fully paid paternity leave worldwide. In North America, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Venezuela and Australia, among others, Diageo will move to offer fathers 26 weeks paid in full. The global initiative follows Daigeo’s announcement of 52-weeks of parental leave for all UK employees, with the first 26 weeks paid in full and both parents retaining benefits and bonuses. The UK

Guinness Nigeria Introduce 26 weeks maternity leave and 4 weeks paternity Leave

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Guinness Nigeria Plc announced on Thursday a groundbreaking parental leave package for its female employees, which will see them get 26-weeks fully paid parental leave, while the male employees will get four weeks paternity leave, also at full rate of pay. According to the company, it is part of Guinness Nigeria’s leading work to support a fully inclusive and diverse workforce where barriers to career progression are removed and talent is retained and nurtured. Commenting on the initiative, Baker Magunda, Managing Director Guinness Nigeria Plc., said: “We are committed to our focus on inclusion and diversity, and this takes various forms – from supporting and empowering graduates and female leaders within the business to this parental leave policy change. We believe it is a truly forward l

AB InBev expects capacity expansion in Sagamu brewery to reach $400m

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has said it expects its investment in the newly built Sagamu Brewery to hit $400 million. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Brito, disclosed this on Wednesday while responding to reporters’ questions at a media briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said that the $250 million brewery has already started operation and capacity will be expanded in phases, but did not provide a timeline for the next phase. “Nigeria (is) becoming a more and more important market as we grow in that market,” he said. “I mean we’re growing double digits, we didn’t grow in the past as fast because we were lacking capacity and now that we have capacity, strong brands and (a) great group of people we’re challenging the status quo there.” AB InBev is the parent company

England to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds with plastic stems

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The British Government has banned the sale and use of plastic straws, drink stirrers, as well as cotton buds with plastic stems in England from April 2020. The move which has been planned for over a year is meant to reduce environmental litter and other impacts caused by over five billion plastic straws, 300 million stirrers and nearly two billion cotton buds with plastic stems used in the UK every year. Many of these items end up in waterways endangering wildlife. According to a government report, more that 80% of respondents backed the ban on sale and distribution of plastic straws, and nine out of 10 people favoured a ban on drink stirrers, as well as a ban on cotton buds with plastic stems. The ban exempts people with medical need or disability, for whom plastic straws and other materi...

FBRA Encourages Waste Recycling, Launches Buy-back Initiative at Orile Community

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The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has called on citizens of Lagos State to imbibe the culture of recycling. This is as it reinstated its unwavering commitment to a cleaner environment through its buy-back campaign on recyclable waste launched at Orile community, Lagos on Saturday, May 25, 2019. On that day, FBRA, the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) of companies in the food and beverage sector will embark on reward-for-waste initiative at Market Bus Stop, Ojora Street (former Baale Street) Orile, Lagos. The event is to commence by 10am. This initiative is to ensure that food and beverage packaging waste are recycled into other useful products and help create more jobs as well as keep the environment clean. The Alliance, through campaigns and clean-up initiatives in ...

Guinness Nigeria educates consumers on responsible drinking through platform, DRINKiQ

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Guinness Nigeria Plc, part of Diageo Plc, a reputable global drinks company, has launched on ongoing campaign on excessive alcohol consumption through its platform, DRINKiQ. The global consumer campaign, which kicked-off in London and now reaching several consumer markets including Nigeria, aims to highlight the different factors – such as age and gender – that affect how the body processes alcohol. Diageo’s DRINKiQ enables alcohol consumers discover how responsible drinking can be a part of a balanced lifestyle; in this vein it educates and empowers them to make positive changes for their wellbeing. Partnering with leading global alcohol producers to hit the set target of training 10million consumers to make better alcohol decisions by 2025, the brand has helped to reduce binge drinking,

Hisbah police raid joint, arrest 21, confiscate 111 bottles of beer in Jigawa

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The Hisbah Board, the Sharia police in Jigawa State, on Monday said it arrested 21 people for allegedly engaging in immoral acts. The board also confiscated 111 bottles of beer. The Hisbah Commander in the state, Ibrahim Dahiru, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse, said the suspects were arrested in Kazaure Local Government Area of the state. Dahiru said that operatives of the command carried out the raid in the early hours of Monday at the popular Gadar Kazaure joint. He explained that during the raid, 14 suspected commercial sex workers and seven men were arrested. The commander alleged that the suspects were arrested for engaging in immoral acts. According to him, the suspects have already been charged to Shari’a Court in Kazaure. Dahiru further advised residents o

Coca-Cola Refrigeration Uptime Enhances Vaccine Access

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Project Last Mile – a public-private partnership that shares Coca-Cola’s expertise to support African governments in the delivery of life-saving medicines and supplies to the communities that are most in need has launched a Cold Chain Equipment Maintenance Project in Lagos. The project that is still in its pilot phase has been launched to support Lagos State’s immunisation program through sharing refrigeration maintenance expertise from Coca-Cola’s experience. Nigeria requires 10,000 items of working cold chain equipment to cover all its health facilities; however 41 percent of clinics have no vaccine coolers and 35 percent of vaccine coolers are non-functional with only 4,500 vaccine coolers functioning fully. On the other hand, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Coca-Cola’s bottling partne